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Isku deh-karis

Authentic aromatic rice dish from Djibouti
Author: Amira


  • 1 pound lamb cubed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water plus extra as needed
  • 1/2 cup long-grain rice
  • salt & pepper


  • In a large pot or skillet, heat the oil, sauté onions for 1 minute then add cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon and cloves. Continue to cook for a couple of minutes more until onion is tender.
  • Add the meat and stir to brown the meat well.
  • Next add the tomatoes and water, cover and let the meat cook until completely done. Check it with a fork.
  • Add the rice, salt and pepper and enough water for your rice to cook.
  • Cover and let it cook until rice is done.
  • Serve warm with your choice of salad. I served it with yogurt dip.